ALLOUEZ — Fr. Frank Weber, former pastor at Holy Rosary Parish, New Holstein, and St. Ann Parish, St. Anna, died July 14 at age 74.
Fr. Weber, the son of Frank and Margaret (Klein) Weber, was born in Manitowoc. He attended Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia, followed by St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pa. Fr. Weber was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal John Krol, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, on May 20, 1972, at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.
Fr. Weber served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 19 years. His appointments included associate pastor at St. Hugh Parish, Philadelphia; faculty member at Cardinal O’Hara High School, Springfield; and chaplain at West Catholic High School for Boys, Philadelphia. In 1985, Fr. Weber earned a master’s degree from Villanova University.
“He was an only child; his family moved out east, so he was formed out there,” said Norbertine Fr. Tim Shillcox, pastor of St. Rose Parish, Clintonville, and St. Mary Parish, Bear Creek. “In his mid-40s, he got the desire to come back to Wisconsin. He was a teacher. He enjoyed that, but was eager to get back into parish life.”
In 1991, Fr. Weber moved to the Diocese of Green Bay where he first served as parochial vicar (associate pastor) at St. Bernard Parish, Appleton. He then served three years (1992-1995) as parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish, Green Bay, and two years as parochial vicar at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Kimberly.
“His first assignment at St. Bernard was with Fr. Orv Janssen,” said Fr. Shillcox. “He really appreciated the example that (Fr. Janssen) gave him.”
Fr. Weber succeeded Fr. Shillcox as parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish. They met at the farewell party for Fr. Shillcox, who was appointed pastor at Holy Cross Parish, Bay Settlement.
“He was very warm and real down to earth,” said Fr. Shillcox. “He made the comment that day that he really enjoyed the welcome from the people of St. Agnes.
“(Fr. Weber) had a boatload of vestments. He took presiding at Mass very seriously,” he added. “I remember Fr. (Richard) Getchel (pastor at St. Agnes at the time) saying that he kept bringing out one after another. Some ended up at the chapel at the McCormick Home.”
In April of 1997, Fr. Weber was incardinated into the Diocese of Green Bay. Three months later, he was appointed to serve in New Holstein and St. Anna. Fr. Weber then served as chaplain at St. Paul Manor in Kaukauna from 2005 to 2008. He was granted senior priest status in 2014.
Even when he was struggling with his health, Fr. Weber maintained his cheerful demeanor, said Fr. Shillcox.
“Never anything but a smile; looking at the full part of the glass,” he said. “He was always happy and had a warm greeting.”
The funeral Mass was celebrated on July 18 at Holy Rosary Church in New Holstein. Fr. Dan Felton presided. Fr. Shillcox served as the homilist. Burial followed in Holy Rosary Cemetery.